Before I proceed, I would like to confirm can I export a very large table of 3.6GB size using the MySQL Admin Export feature. I have exported tables of small size like 28 MB but just wondering exporting such a large database would break anything?

Say for example, in the image below, I want to export category table which is of 3.6GB size.

Also, I have more tables whose size is 11.6 GB for which I would like to do the export in the future.

I want to use this technique rather than using mysqldump.

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  • I'm not 100% (only ~99%) certain - but I think that MySQL Workbench uses mysqldump in the background. Think about Oracle XtraBackup by Percona if you're using InnoDB.
    – Vérace
    Jul 14, 2014 at 5:36

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There wouldn't be anything broken , mysqlworkbench is a pretty mature software. You just need to watch the filesystem of the storage where you are going to store the file. ntfs would be fine, but fat32 will limit you to around 4GB.

However, if you are just looking for an exporter with UI, Navicat Premium is more comfortable in my opinion. Hope it helps.

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